polo mints Uniforms take pressure off at Shanley
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FARGO For Shanley senior Torie Sandene, wearing a school uniform makes her life easier.
When the school has “come as you are” days, the 17 year old wakes up extra early to get ready and worries about having the right outfit.
“It’s just so much added pressure because you want to look cute at school,” Sandene said.
She prefers wearing the uniform of khaki or navy skirts and pants with white or red polo shirts. Sandene gives the outfit her own personal touch with brightly colored tights and shoes and chunky jewelry.
Shanley High School Principal Sean Safranski said the dress code levels eliminates distractions and allows students to focus on school.
“Everyone is on a level playing field,” Safranski said. “Sometimes clothing creates a lot of status and sometimes leads to cliqueyness.”
The dress code also means teachers and staff don’t have to spend time being the fashion police, Safranski said.
Some private schools have a specific vendor for their uniforms. Shanley outlines what types of clothing is allowed,
and families can shop where they like.
The code has specific rules about the length of skirts and shorts and asks that polo shirts be free of logos.
Brad Larson, principal of Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo, said he’d like to have uniforms in public schools, but it’s not something that’s on the radar for the school district.
“Personally, I’d love to see it because it takes away the competition of what kids are wearing, which in the middle school is a huge deal,” Larson said.
In West Fargo, the issue of school uniforms surfaces occasionally, but it’s not being seriously discussed, said Louise Dardis,